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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page November New Braunfels JV basketball player Kanshaj Gibbs SPORTS HERALDZEITUNG fiavidlupyivis at by 6rnflil at im Unicorns compete in county meet at NorthsideNatatorium Time Cattyon swimming Cougars travel to MAntotiioto compete iti county meet Time s Smithson Valley girls basketball Affct opening with a Rangers to Tbutnejf begins Mtay Unicorns ready for rematch with Purtle defense must slow down Rattlers By Wally Gullick Correspondent There will be no Knute Rockne speeches needed when New Braun fels Coach Rick Rhoades addresses his 83 Unicorns before Friday nights secondround playoff game with KerrvilleTivy at the Alamodome Humility is the source for this weeks motivational drive and it has sparked a cry that is focused on redemption Rhoades senses his club is men tally ready to prove it is a much bet ter football team than the one that was thrashed by theAntlers 280 in the fourth game of the season I was real anxious to see how our kids would start this week of practice and they showed no signs of being intimated by Rhoades said The initial meeting was the final nondistrict tuneup and left the Uni corns reeling It prompted a closed door meeting among the players after the game Defensively the Unicorns vulner ability to the big play was exposed They were caught on a trick play on the initial snap from scrimmage They have a trick play worked into their game plan each Rhoades said The key for us is to not give up the big play We also gave up a long play on a fourth and nine that they burned us HITS New Braunfels 83 will face Kerrville Tivy 92 in a second round playoff game at Friday at the Alamodome The Rattlers beat the Unicorns 280 in a regularseason meeting Sept 19 Tickets can be purchased in advance from 8 to 3 today and 8 to Friday at New Braunfels High School Tickets purchased in advance cost for adults and for students Tickets at the gate cost There will be a pep rally for the team at 7 tonight at Unicorn Stadium Stopping the big play translates into prohibiting Tivy quarterback Josh Rippey the time needed to read his options and throw the dagger Weve got to get into the quarter backs said Rhoades He is hoping sack leader Jerry PUr tle with six continues his stellar play from his defensive end post and gets to meet Rippey up close and per sonal Friday Purtle a 6foot4 220 pounder who college scouts have ticketed for linebacker underwent knee surgery after last season Hes attracted the attention of universities like Army Texas Tech and Baylor Rehab through the offseason is long behind him and he now feels better than before the injury and is coming on strong For me getting the sack means using my footwork and Purtle said I like to use a spin and rip move Theyve got good size on the line but we can beat them with our Rhoades knows the sack can be more than just a defensive stop Its why he feels that getting pressure up front is so critical agajnst a team that totaled 200 yards in offense in the first half against the Unicorns Enthusiasm is the coach said When you make a big play from pressuring the quarter back it creates The courageous fourth quarter defensive stops in crunch time against Canyon con tagious enthusiasm In that game the defense hung on with a gas tank that was on empty Canyon was a big game for us for a lot of different Purtle said After beating we knew we had a chance to go out and win the undisputed district title Our defense is really clicking Weve played three good games in a row now Were now starting to get the pressure we need as a unit and oh Friday were going See UNICORNS Page 7A REBECCA S New Braunfelssenior Jerry Purtle will play a key role as the Unicorns look to upset Kerrville Tivy in an area playoff game Friday Smithson Valley grad shines at Texas Lutheran By Jason Chlapek Staff Writer spending her first two years of collegiate volleyball as a parttime starter Texas Lutheran Uni versity junior Lindsey Ko lmeier fin ally earned a starting job at out side hitter this sea son Kolmeier delivered by posting 297 kills 53 blocks and 38 aces in her third season with the Bull dogs More importantly Kolnv eiers efforts helped TLU go 190 in conference play earn ing the Bulldogs the Ameri can Southwest Conference West Division Championship This past year was my best year Kolmeier said There was a lot of cohesive ness on the team and a lot of diversity We also had great WHERE ARE THEY NOW Tracking careers oflocal athletes Lindsey Kolmeier I M LINDSEY KOLMEIERS PERSONAL PLAYBOOK Lindsey Kolmeier graduated from Smithson Valley High School in 2001 She is an outside hitter for Texas Lutheran University Kolmeier was named to the a conference sec ond team this year She is pursuing a psy chology degree and wants to work for the FBI leadership and everyone trust ed each other We just played and had fun this Last week the ASC All Confer ence squad was released and Kolmeier earned a spot on the West Pivision second team This past offseason we spent more time in the weight room than we did previous Kolmeier said It obviously paid Former TLU player Brandi Bradley who earned the ASC West Coach of the Year honor coaches Kolmeier and the Bulldogs In 2002 the first year under Bradley Kolmeier was second on the team in kills per game with and third on the team in total kills with 195 as the BuUdogs finished with an 1814 overall record and went 153 in the conference Kolmeier graduated from u T Photo submitted by Texas Lutheran c Jynipr Und9W led Texas Lutheran University See KOIMEIER Page 7A place in the ASQ West Division University to first a run at NFL history HOUSTON AP mind that the race for the leagues top offensive rookie might comedown tofeeTex ans locker room Candidates Andre Johnson and Domah ick Davis are on pace to do much more Theyve already helped breathe life into a very expansionesque Houston offense and are on pace to become the first rookies on the same team to have a receivihgyear and a year all while becoming legitimate threats who shape defensive game plans If we werent playing them I would say theyre an exciting group to Patriots coach Bill Belichick said I dont like watching them play when youve got to play against The early successisnt entirely unexpected from Johnson the third overall pick whjo leads team with 46 catches ajtid H yajrds His three receiving touchdowns are tied with Corey Bradford More pf a surprise has been fourthround pick Domanick payis the iOJst pick who struggled OUt his LpuMana Staje career to win a starting job He is the leagues roqiae leader Carolina at Dallas noon Week 12 Schedule Sundays Seattle at Baltimore noon New England at Houston noon Jacksonville at N Y Jets noon Indianapolis at Buffalo noon San Francisco at Green Bay noon Detroit at Minnesota noon Pittsburgh at Cleveland noon New Orleans at Philadelphia noon St Louis at Arizona Chicago at Denver Tennessee at Atlanta Oakland at Kansas City Cincinnati San Diego Washington at Miami game Giants at Tampa Bay 8 with 655 yards rushing For his part Johnson said hes still concentrating on learning the NFL and trying to improve the Texans I think my biggest thing coming into the league was not to put too much sure on Johnson said Im not trying to go out there and be me hero Im just playing and letting the plays come to The closest any running tandem has come to achieving yards each was 1973 when the Bengals BooMe dark ran for 988 yards and receiver Isaac Curtis had 843 through the air Flag football league brings present future together on gridiron P dlr fjr By Jason Chlapak Staff Writer The National FoejftaJI League js not the only source of Sunday ajternpjpn football Here in Hew Braunfels there was a youth flag fgothaJJ played on Sunday afternoons and it Wis ajrnpjj as rnjjch fun as the professional game Unlike other youth league saom the childs fathers coached by high football pky els ftonj Nfw SjnlMjo Valley and Canyon High Schools for the James Brown said We have the opportunity to be goflsd role models for the Brown is an offensive lineman for New Smunfels and a coach for the Division I Titans Brown and his high schQfll teajnmates Ryan Saldana and Jacob Bremer coach the Titans vl f njoy wrJapg with the Saldana gives them some thing to lojok forward to when they reach puddle schooi and high Bf emer said not only wants to pjf tfof players for the high school and jniddle school games also sees coaching as m Ufa my I want to be a Unicorn when I get olden TOayjs Qne these Wds wha to ptey at the tevel is ll want te be a he FootbiU is fwi i love playing the Sroth said When I get old puwgh i definitely want to play for The Ttons Me just one the m teams parttcipstipg in the league made up pf H teams escape from to rigors of school and football its gojod to get a break froro hassies of school work ape he said I also have a lot of fun teaching uiese kids the 0 L Smith isni the pniy child whp te pjgy lootbaU as he gets pjjj Xowfli league flig fiPWHJHnity ball The season ended
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